A child simply puts away childish things By Anne Gathoni

Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is simply grown and puts...


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Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age.
The child is simply grown and puts away childish things.’ Edna St. Vincent Millay

An odd quote but one that captured my attention.
The cycle of life is an interesting one. One is born, a baby in the world. He steadily grows and becomes more aware of the world, slowly but surely, up to a point where he can claim to have a modicum of understanding about the world. A point where he is fully aware of the world and its workings; where he has some insight into some of its secrets… Then again he reverts to a stage where he is almost fully unaware of the world, until eventually he leaves the world.

We reach a certain age and are expected to act and behave in a certain way, present a certain, socially acceptable picture of what we are supposed to be. To fit the pictures that are our lives into already formed frames. As children, we did not face such expectations. We were not meant to be responsible for our actions, and accountable for each deed we did. We free passes and with that came the freedom to be reckless, at the least. But we grew up and had to put away the childish things. We had to take up our own crosses and learn that every action had its reaction and that the world wasn’t all daisies and roses.

But sometimes we just want a break from it all. To be able to be a child again and not have to worry about everything. But yet again, childhood is not from a certain or up to a certain age, it is when we are awoken from the daydream of how we think the world is, to the reality of what it really is. To read more posts by Anne, click HERE

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